Chapter 8: The Light Points to a New Sight–
Binding an alliance, Masamune and the others obtained permission to move freely within Uesugi territory.
They then slipped out to a cave, pointed to by the light emitted from the sacred treasure, and what they found there was…?
[YUZUKI]: (The other people’s movements… stoppped?)
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, do not let down your guard.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I know, I know.”
Masamune-san and the others strengthened their caution and kept their swords raised. The Uesugi Army’s soldiers opened up a path.
In the center, walking towards us, was a military commander with a trim and tidy countenance. Behind him was a single man who seemed to be a bodyguard.
[MASAMUNE]: “Hmph, the general has finally appeared, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: (Meaning that’s Uesugi Kenshin-san…?)
[KOJUUROU]: “And behind him is Kakizaki Kageie.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Haa… the trouble’s all together now.”
Kenshin-san watched us silently with an expression that did not show what he was thinking.
[SHIGEZANE]: “What. You wanna go?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Calm down, don’t move yet.”
Although Masamune-san dealt with this calmly, he seemed to be appraising the situation on the other side with a sharp eye.
[KENSHIN]: “… Kagemochi.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Did you hear our conversation just now?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. Midway though.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… I see.”
Kagemochi-san murmured that quietly with a sunken expression.
[KENSHIN]: “Kagemochi. It is inexcusable to turn a blade towards allies. Lower your weapon.”
Though Kagemochi-san silently lowered his weapon, it seemed like he still had doubts.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… However, we cannot trust Date.”
[KAGEIE]: “Kagemochi, how long are you going to go on about that… Kenshin-sama has decided to trust Date.”
[KAGEIE]: “So, should we not believe in Kenshin-sama?”
Kagemochi-san seemed unable to find any words to return, and so he silently withdrew like that.
Kenshin-san saw that with his own eyes before taking a step closer to Masamune-san.
[KENSHIN]: “My men have made a careless mistake.”
[KENSHIN]: “A vassal’s lack of virtue is their general’s responsibility. I extend my apologies.”
Saying that, Kenshin-san held out his hand. Seeing that, I raised my voice in spite of myself.
[YUZUKI]: (This meaning… is he possibly…)
[IMARI]: “So, the Uesugi people did plan to accept our alliance! Phew~.”
[YUZUKI]: “For a moment I wondered what was going to happen, but there’s no need to fight with this so that’s a relief.”
I was relieved that the problem was solved, but at that moment.
[MASAMUNE]: “Do you think this can end with an apology?”
[YUZUKI]: (Wha, Masamune-san brushed Kenshin-san’s hand away…!?)
[MASAMUNE]: “While saying that you accepted this alliance, your vassal tried to kill us. It’s not something that can be tolerated at all.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Think about it. If our positions were reversed.”
Masamune-san continued his words at the silent Kenshin-san.
[MASAMUNE]: “Even though there’s no fault on our end, is the Uesugi Army going to break the alliance that was once made with this cowardly trick?”
[KENSHIN]: “I would not permit such a thing.”
[KENSHIN]: “However, as this situation has become what it is, I also understand I have no room for excuses…”
Hearing those words, Masamune-san grinned.
[MASAMUNE]: “Guessing from your words right now, you are willing to apologize sincerely, and you are saying that you intend to tie a true alliance?”
[MASAMUNE]: “In that case, I’ll give you an opportunity to make amends. –But you must accept our demands.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Masamune, that guy, his scheme is to use what they did to us to give us a higher position in negotiations?”
[YUZUKI]: “But aren’t there a few more ways of saying that… If the other side is offended then…”
[KOJUUROU]: “The Uesugi Army is abundant with forces and their territory is vast. If they were serious, they could destroy us in no time.”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh no…! Then we should hurry and stop Masamune-san…!”
[KOJUUROU]: “No, there is no need to panic. I’m sure Masamune has thought of a plan. Let us believe in Masamune.”
[YUZUKI]: “You’re right… Okay.”
[YUZUKI]: (If it’s Masamune-san, then I think he’ll be able to manage something in any situation, but…)
[YUZUKI]: (If we end up confronting them again, and with Kenshin-san, then there’s no way it’ll end with everyone being safe…)
While I watched the both of them closely, Kenshin-san eventually opened his mouth slowly…